Polly Murray, the first Scotswoman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, launched a new path network in the tranquil village of Kirkmichael on behalf of the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), and the Mount Blair Community Development Trust (MBCDT).

The two year project, managed by PKCT in conjunction with the MBCDT, upgraded and waymarked three key circular routes around the village and constructed a fourth - a new 3.5 mile circular route, the Pitcarmick Loop.

Polly Murray opens the Kirkmichael Path NetworkFour new interpretation panels were installed and displayed at key points on the routes to allow visitors to learn about the history, environment and local area.

Andy Barrie, PKCT Strategic Routes Officer said, “This is an important new path network for the village which will bring new visitors to this stunning area. Kirkmichael is a hidden gem right in the heart of Scotland and a key point on the Cateran Trail which is one of Scotland’s Great Trails.”

Polly Murray said, “The routes are a great way for families to enjoy the countryside. Wee kids as young as two have already pulled on their wellies and joined their parents, even on some of the longer routes.”

The project was achieved thanks to funding from Awards For All Scotland, Commonwealth Games Active Places Fund 2014, Scottish & Southern Energy Community Fund and Perth & Kinross Councils Environment Challenge Fund.